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Nov 17, 2012 9:30am EST
dynamic as the old congress, but there's a new optimism in washington about solving our problems. >> we want an agreement. we want an agreement. >> i'm open to compromise. i'm open to new ideas. >> i think it's important for us to come to an agreement with the president. >> and that starts with the fiscal cliff. we've sounded the warning. >> job destruction that would happen under the fiscal cliff. >> economic growth is at 2%. this only hurts it. >> on the edge of a fiscal cliff. >> could do some very bad things to the economy. >> but how should you prepare for this scary scenario or for any deals washington makes to avoid it? it's about getting back to basics. taxes, investments, savings, retirement, jobs, the things that made americans secure in the past are no longer guarante guarantees. now a prosperous future depends on knowledge and a solid plan. remember, smart is the new rich. while there's uncertainty in the broader economy, your personal economy can still thrive. washington, wall street, main street, all trying to figure out what the tax bill is going to look like. most republ
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Nov 9, 2012 2:00pm EST
is over, it's time for washington to get in gear. do something about it. this fiscal cliff business could affect just about every single one of us, and you can bet there's plenty going on behind the scenes. this past hour we heard from the president in the east room of the white house basically announcing he's inviting leaders from both houses of congress and from both political parties to meet with him at the white house next friday. just a couple of minutes ago, we heard the president say he's open to compromise and open to new ideas, but there's one point the president is sticking to -- higher taxes for people making higher incomes. take a listen. >> i refuse to accept any approach that isn't balanced. i'm not going to ask students and seniors and middle-class families to pay down the entire deficit while people like me, making over $250,000 aren't a asked to pay a dime more in taxes. >> two hours before we saw the president, we saw the house speaker, republican, john boehner, said quote, everything on the revenue side and on the sp spending side has to be looked at but when it comes t
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Nov 11, 2012 7:00am EST
encouraged petraeus to step down after learning of the affair. joining me now is rejeve from "the washington post." good morning to you. do you think general would have step dound if clapper hadn't suggested it? >> good morning, randi. i think pe tratraeus faced withs investigation, faced with officials understanding what has occurred between him and his biographer paula broadwell was left with little choice. with everything i know, i think that resignation would have been something he likely would have suggested himself as well. >> you have written quite a bit about petraeus. how surprised were you when you heard this news? >> profoundly surprised. it didn't seem in character. petraeus was something nr than just a shrewd battlefield tactician, a very capable strategist. for the last several years, he had fashioned himself as a leader of troops who spoke not just about courage on the battlefield but about personal character and virtue, and this was a man who held himself up and wanted the forces under him to hold themselves up to a higher standard. it really -- to all who know him -- and i'v
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Nov 7, 2012 3:00am EST
. >> so the best thing was to smoke the peace pipe with bill clinton. >> and now in washington they'll be smoking. >> on the republican side, i'm sure they really wish they could deploy for one president like george w. bush. i don't care what anybody says. if the former president on the campaign trail is always an asset. it has to hurt the party that they can't deploy him on the campaign trail. >> we'll look at now that the election is decided, how overseas markets are rethis morning. up next, a look at what investors around the world are saying with their cash about four more years of president obama. >> you, the american people, reminded us that while our road has been hard, while our journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up. we have fought our way back. and we know in our hearts that for the united states of america, the best is yet to come. [ woman ] it's 32 minutes to go time, and the candidate's speech is in pieces all over the district. the writer's desktop and the coordinator's phone are working on a joke with local color. the secure cloud just received a revised i
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Nov 7, 2012 9:00pm EST
. >> on the other side of the i'll, the gop handles the changing reality in washington. meanwhile, breaking news tonight, the nor'easter bearing down on new york and new jersey tonight. new york city's death toll has risen tonight. we are live in one of the hardest hit areas. jo joining me now, top strategist, david axelrod. >> it was a great night to be in that room with that crowd and the sense of joy frankly and spoke to the young volunteers and staff. and it was a very movingen count counter. when was the moment that you thought we've got this it is all going to plan. >> when the vote started getting counted we knew quickly we have a fairly sophisticated model. we knew when we were hitting our targets and our folks were skilled and when we saw the votes coming in, in ohio and virginia, and then in florida, there was a sense that this could be an earlier evening than we thought. we looked at the demographics. pretty much across the board you had a good night on women, independence, younger people. african-americans, it was a pretty big sweeping area of people coming into vote again for you gu
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Nov 7, 2012 12:00pm EST
headquarters in atlanta. >> i'm wolf blitzer in washington. this is cnn's special program, special coverage of america's choice 2012. we're bringing you the story behind the numbers. the demographic breakdown of the president's decisive victory and the implications for the republican party moving forward. >> we're also examining the challenges ahead for the president leading a divided nation and dealing with an immediate fiscal problem facing the country. and his victory speech, the president urged all americans to come together. he said what unites susbigger than what divides us. >> i believe we can seize this future together because we are not as divided as our politics suggest. we're not as cynical as the pundits believe. we are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions, and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. we are and forever will be the united states of america. and together, with your help and god's grace, we will continue our journey forward and remind the world just why it is that we live in the greatest nation on earth. thank you, america. god b
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Nov 8, 2012 2:00am EST
30 governors for the team. which is the highest level in 12 years. maybe another in washington state, so there was some bright spots, but overall, i agree. a combination of tone and message and reaching out to new and minority voters and making sure that we do a better job on the ground. >> well, gracious to come out and directly admit it, although you are right on on the governor's side. one of the wings that cornyn was referring to was the tea party and some big name tea partiers lost last night. joe walsh, josh mande ll, richard murdoch in indiana. he had a specific situation there with the comments he made on abortion, but i think the question is is the tea party still relevant? is it now become an albatross? >> erin, what the tea party and other conservatives that believe we ought to -- balance budget, i think that's pretty a mainstream idea. they helped me immensely with the victory in virginia three years ago. i think it's how we organize. how we deliver the message. we've got to be a lot more inclusive and open and energetic by expressing why these are -- we've just got to do
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Nov 8, 2012 7:00pm EST
't heard from him since he returned to washington yesterday. we were told though by the white house this evening he'll make a statement on the fiscal cliff tomorrow but as far as what we know right now the administration says the president has already laid out his plan. it's a plan he says would cut the deficit by $4 trillion over the next ten years. it's also a plan those, that we've told you before doesn't add up. so something has to give. and someone needs to take the helm. last night here on "outfront" we tried to find out from chris van hollen what the president's role would be on the fiscal cliff. >> that remains to be seen exactly who will be the negotiate or negotiators. the white house has to be engaged. the president will make clear as he did in his acceptance speech last night we need to compromise. i think the president will be directly involved. >> directly involved but not clear what his role would be. will the president take the lead? here's the thing. americans want answers soon. today i overheard a major democratic fundraiser and lobbyist ben barnes saying this to a
CNN
Nov 12, 2012 4:00pm EST
." >>> intriguing new twists and turns in the scandal that's gripping washington, indeed the nation and much of the world. the affair that led general dividend petraeus to resign as director of the central intelligence agency. we're finding out that at least one lawmaker here in washington may have learned of it ahead of the president and there are questions about the investigation that led to petraeus' stunning downfall. brian todd's been working the story for us and getting new information. brian, tell our viewers what's the latest? >> we found out that the house majority leader, republican congressman eric cantor, may have found out almost two weeks before the president did. this and other time lines we're following on the investigation have led to genuine anger over why the white house and other top congressional leaders weren't told sooner. a time line cnn has put together shows the republican house majority leader may have known about former cia director david petraeus' extramarital affair before the president did. that's according to aides to congressman eric cantor who tell us he fou
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Nov 9, 2012 5:00am EST
the senate. >> white house correspondent brianna keilar is live from washington, d.c. for us this morning. brianna, speaker boehner seemed to be offering the president on olive branch earlier this week when he talked about the possibility of increasing revenue. but here he's taking a hard stance against tax increases. what does that say about the chances of a compromise? >> well, it may actually sound kind of like it's splitting hairs. but it's really two different things where he's talking about increasing tax rates. he says he's not okay with that. but he would be maybe okay, maybe amenable to increasing revenue. to bringing in more tax dollars, because there is a difference. and what he's saying is part of a chorus of conciliatory language that we're hearing from democrats and republicans on the hill. listen to more of what john boehner said in that interview. >> -- talk about all kinds of things we may disagree. i'm the most reasonable, responsible person here in washington. the president knows this. he knows that he and i can work together. the election's over. now it's time to get t
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Nov 17, 2012 7:30am EST
sides in israel and gaza and along the border. >>> in washington, our tom foreman takes a closer look at the man power and fire power in the region. >> let's look at how the battlefield is shaping up over in the middle east. here's israel alongside the mediterranean. about the size of new jersey, 75% jewish. the economy is good and unemployment below 7%. gaza very small. only about twice as big as washington, d.c., predominantly palestinian and the economy there is quite bad and unemployment is very high. globalfirepower.com has called israel the tenth most powerful military in the world. let's break that down and see why. they have compulsory military service. that means every young person must go into the military for a while. 176,000 active troops are available and they have about half million that they can call from reserves very quickly. ground sources also very impressive. 3,000 tanks if you count all the artillery pieces and mortar, you get about 12,000 units that can operate on the ground. of course, their air force is formidable about 800 aircraft out there, including some 20
CNN
Nov 9, 2012 7:00pm EST
's a woman and has access and writes a book ab a man in washington is not reason enough to think there was more than that and given his reputation, his moral character, how many respect him at such a high level here in washington and even as director in the cia, there were sometimes personality clashes. sources that told me between him and the number two in charge who the president has asked to step up in that number one role. more sort of his mind set in the way he felt things should be downed, so people are stunned. >> fred, given the timing of it, that this has come just a week before he was supposed to testify about the benghazi situation, which now he isn't, but we have some news on that in just a few moments, what was his relationship with president obama? >> i'm told that a coweuple of years ago when he was still commander in afghanistan, there was tension with members in the white house staff. when they were reviewing the options on whether to put in more troops, options to box the president in. i've been told in the last couple of years that relations are very good with
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Nov 9, 2012 7:00am EST
correspondent brianna keilar is live for us this morning from washington. john boehner was the guy who said he didn't think a lame duck congress could do big things. what can be done in the next, what did i say, 53 days? >> well, maybe finding some sort of stopgap measure. some sort of framework on tax reform, soledad. i think that's the goal here. the fact is, house republicans and president obama and senate democrats, they don't really have a choice. they have to do something, and that became very clear yesterday when the cbo put out a report showing that if the country goes over the fiscal cliff you're looking at economic calamity. you're looking at unemployment ticking up, perhaps two points. you're looking at a recession next year. so, also listen to the conciliatory language that we're hearing from the hill and that we may be hearing from president obama when he speaks here at the white house this afternoon. listen to what john boehner also said about being reasonable. >> we can talk about all kinds of things we may disagree on. i'm the most reasonable, responsible person here in washing
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Nov 12, 2012 5:00am EST
washington correspondent for politico. he joins us now from washington. good morning to you. >> good morning. >> so let me first get to -- i'll get to the fiscal cliff but first want to get your reaction to the petraeus story. there are reports this morning that the fbi and the justice department knew about this over the summer, as early as over the summer, and some members of congress are complaining they didn't know about it. >> members of congress always wish they knew what was going on before they get informed of things. that's a typical complaint whenever the administration comes forward with something. i would say this, there's either a situation where the fbi believes there's a potential security breach or there is not. if they believed there was a potential security breach they probably should have informed members of congress so that something could be done about it or gotten petraeus out of his job. what we've heard so far is they didn't believe that there was a potential security breach, which leads to the question of why david petraeus ended up in the position he did. and i think
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Nov 5, 2012 5:00am EST
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Nov 8, 2012 4:00pm EST
in washington, education reform seems to be more likely to get bipartisan cooperation. but the president can do quite a bit using his executive authority to achieve some changes in energy policy on his own. you mentioned a foreign trip that is right. the president and the white house have announced he will be going in about ten days overseas. he will visit cambodia and thailand and myanmar where he will visit with the now freed leader aun san su kyi. >> he had a phone call yesterday with the republican leadership with john boehner, the senate republican leader mitch mcconnell. is he planning on sitting down with those two republican leaders any time soon? is the white house saying? >> reporter: there's nothing announced for a leaders meeting so far. but i am certain, wolf, that that will be coming because there's such important negotiations ahead. i'm told that the president's conversation with speaker boehner was courteous, it was brief. and i'm told that they also discussed the importance of keeping their public statements vague or general enough so that they leave themselves enough private n
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Nov 11, 2012 6:00am EST
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Nov 9, 2012 8:00pm EST
honestly. tom foreman, cnn, washington. >> 15,000 books. isn't that incredible? yet we all still want to know more about him, and apparently in the movie you see a lincoln that is far from perfect, of course, as we all know, no matter how heroic and amazing the real man must have been. thanks for watching. "anderson cooper 360" starts right now. >>> good evening. we're coming to you from staten island, new york. we're here nearly two weeks after hurricane sandy hit. we begin with breaking news, a story that has blindsided the american intelligence community and the obama administration, and it's still developing at this hour. general david petraeus resigned today as director of the cia after admitting he had an extramarital affair. they confirm to cnn that the investigators have been exploring tips on an affair with eleanor broadbar. they tried to see if there was a potential security risk, in other words, perhaps petraeus was blackmailed. she is the one with whom petraeus admitted having an affair. petraeus is a highly respected, four-star general who commanded forces in both ir
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Nov 15, 2012 5:00am EST
lothian, live from washington this morning. it's really nice to see you, dan. >> good to see you. >> let's first talk about the fiscal cliff. the president said we could see a deal by next week. that may hinge on this issue with taxes. how are republicans responding to the president's remarks? >> well, you know, first of all, there does seem a willingness by republicans to find areas of agreement, to reach a compromise. but they are pushing back on the president's plan because they don't believe that a solution should lie in tax hikes for any americans, including the wealthiest of americans, despite the fact that there's this looming fiscal cliff and the president has said, as you heard just a short time ago, that only middle class americans should get some ease here and not those wealthy americans from those taxes. and despite that, john boehner believes that a solution is possible. take a listen. >> i've outlined a framework for how both parties can work together to avert the fiscal cliff without raising tax rates. if you've look closely at what the president had to say and look closel
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Nov 8, 2012 12:00pm EST
started, and i suspect, suzanne, he will have bipartisan support for that in washington d.c. and he will have a lot of support internationally now that the campaign is over. the big question is whether the iranian government will be willing to come in a serious way to the negotiating table. they have not shown that over the last couple of years. i think the pressure is actually going to be on the iranian government. >> do you think that the economic pressure on iran is coming to a breaking point here, a boiling point, where you will see iran come to the table? >> i think the sanctions are beginning to hit the iranian government very hard. both the e.u., oil embargo, the u.s. central bank sanctions, and just look at the indicators of that. the iranian riel, the -- it has been -- the ranian have been hit hard in their inability to use the world banking system because they've been shut off from that system, and so the sanctions are important because they tell the iranians that they are isolated, that they have very few friends in the world, and that they're essentially operating in a r
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Nov 6, 2012 1:00am EST
's when he started talking about ending politics as we know it in washington et cetera. it's coming back to where it all began. he's landed air force one here. the first lady's plane has also landed at the airport. the president is greeting her at the airport, they'll arrive here live together. there will be a performance from bruce springsteen and a speech from the old campaign gang rejoining the team for a final good-bye, anderson. >> what's he doing tomorrow? we know mitt romney is having campaign events tomorrow. is the president not doing that? why? >> you know, traditionally, first of all, he has not campaigned on election day, it's not his ritual. and he's not going to break ritual, what he'll do tomorrow is play basketball. they have this history -- there was one campaign, one election day they did not play basketball, that was that primary against hillary clinton in new hampshire that he lost. and so they always say, they now play basketball every single election day, and that's their rule. >> is that for real? are they really that superstitious? >> oh, yeah. all his campaign ai
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Nov 4, 2012 7:00am EST
correspondent paul steinhauser joins us from his home base in washington. yesterday you were in pennsylvania covering a paul ryan rally. what do you think is the message for the challengers? >> we're hearing change. change and change. remember four years ago president obama ran on the mantle of hope and change. romney finished up at a rally out in colorado. another one of those eight battleground states we keep talking about. and what mitt romney is saying do you want another four years of under president obama or do you want something a little different? here's part of what he said. >> change can't be measured in speeches. it is measured in achievements. and four years ago, four years ago candidate obama promise dodd so very much, but he's fallen so very short. you recall. he promised he'd be a post-partisan president but he's been most partisan. dividing, attacking, blaming. >> you know, at this late hour here it's all about the ground game. it's about the candidates making sure their supporters actually vote. randi, we heard from both campaigns. the obama campaign telling us they've reach
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Nov 7, 2012 10:00pm EST
, 10:00 on the east coast and washington, d.c. we begin tonight in the nation's capital. two simple words what next for the men and women in the capital behind me what next. what next for the party that tried and failed to retake the senate and white house who ran on a platform that too many people saw as too extreme. what next for them? what next for the man who ran for re-election who came home to face challenges on taxes, budget, global economy and a whole lot more? for president obama, what next? today markets took a nose dive because investors see what's coming and worried that washington cannot fix it. in the speeches last night and the statements today, everyone from mitt romney to the leaders in the building behind me, all have a way of saying they get it. they understand the challenges and will rise to meet them. listen. >> we want our children to live in america that isn't burdened by debt and isn't weakened by inequality and isn't threatened by the warming kwagity. >> at a time like this we can't risk partisan bickering and political posturing. >> if there is a mandate in
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Nov 18, 2012 6:00am EST
can with reporters in israel and gaza, in washington. also with the major players in egypt and turkey. let's check in now with our middle east desk that's covering everything happening in this conflict between israel and gaza. nick valencia is down at the desk. nick, what's developing now? >> good morning, victor. we're at the international desk. you see the reporters behind me, getting latest information. we've got the newest video. we're learning that a french minister is expected to meet with them today. we also understand he might meet with the former palestinian president mahmoud abbas. this comes on the heels of comments made by benjamin netanyahu who is, of course, the prime minister of israel. they're prepared to widen the scope to stop rocket attacks. hundreds of rocket attacks have made their way into the territory killing at least three people so far, victor. the casualties aren't just mounting in israel but where 50 people have died in the last few days. this conflict, victor, we've been following it since it's erupted. that's the latest from the international desk. we'll
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Nov 1, 2012 12:00pm EDT
into the driver's seat. i will never allow politicians in washington to control health care choices that women should be making for themselves. so, wisconsin, we know what change is. we know what the future requires. we don't need a big government agenda or a small government agenda. we need a middle class agenda that rewards hard work and responsibility. we don't need a partisan agenda. we need a commonsense agenda that says when we educate a poor child, we'll all be better off. that says when we fund the research of a young scientist, her new discovery will benefit every american. we need a vision that says we don't just look out for ourselves. we look out for one another. we look out for future generations, and we meet those obligations by working together. that's the change we believe in. that's what this election is all about. now, let's be clear. achieving this agenda won't be easy. it's never been easy. we always knew that. back in 2008 when we talked about change, i told i wasn't just talking about changing presidents. i wasn't just talking about changing parties. i was talking about c
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Nov 2, 2012 5:00am EDT
to affect their vote. in an abc news/washington post poll 47% believe romney would do a better job hand mg the economy. romney is more likely to improve the job situation compared to 42% for president barack obama. paul, i know you love these numbers. it's down to the wire now. i have the campaign schedule. it's crazy. what do they have planned on the final days to the race? >> it's all about location, location, location in the final four days of campaigning before the election. look at the map and where the president will be. look at the map and you get a sense of ohio, ohio, ohio is pretty important. the president making a number of stops in ohio and iowa. he's going end his campaign in iowa. this is the place where he got his first victory in january, 2008. if you look at the map for romney as well, a lot in ohio as well. other states there, one in particular is pennsylvania. he will be there spending one day over the weekend and so will his running mate, paul ryan. are they trying to put pennsylvania in play, a move of strength or desperation. they have different answers on that one. >
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Nov 6, 2012 5:00am EST
is under way at a military base in washington state. it will determine whether robert bales should be tried for murder in the shooting deaths of 16 afghan civilians. that was back in march. >>> police are looking for a skateboarder who robbed a bank in carlsbad, california. investigators say the man dressed in the all black handed a teller a note yesterday. there's a picture of him there, demanding an undisclosed amount of money. the teller complied. no one was hurt. investigators say witnesses didn't spot a weapon. but they have his mug. right, soledad, did you see that? >> yes. and he's on a skateboard. my guess is they'll wrap up the case pretty soon. >>> keep it right here on cnn, our special live election coverage begins tonight at 6:00 p.m. eastern. cnn's wolf blitzer has a preview. and apparently he does not have a preview. obviously a little problem with the tape of wolf. but basically tonight is where you want to be watching cnn's coverage. coming up this morning on our special election day edition of "early start," who will win or will we have a winner at all, will the results be
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Nov 1, 2012 10:00pm EDT
2008, saying not talking about changing washington, but bringing americans' voices into washington and talking about himself as a unifier, clearly a mantle he is picking up in the wake of his leadership role in the role he's taken after superstorm sandy. >> it's amazing. the twist and turns this race has taken, i guess every presidential race does in the final days. a new polling out from colorado, still a very tight race there. what does it mean for next tuesday? what do the number show? >> the numbers in colorado show 50-48 for the president. that's a statistical tie. this is a state that is going down right to the very end. you can tell that when you're here. the early voting. this is one of the places republicans have even a slight advantage. that's not the case in any of the other voting states. if you look at colorado, nevada, then to the midwest. you would have to say in the public polling, the president has a slight advantage. they're all close enough for this to play outn election day. but you mentioned it, and they talked about the storm. incumbency cuts both ways and we
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Nov 10, 2012 6:00am EST
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Nov 10, 2012 11:00pm EST
's home. a cost of $80,000. donated funds paid for this condominium near washington, d.c., for the use of charity executives. according to the complaint, while help hospitalized veterans has been raking in millions of dollars, $65 million in just the past two years, according to tax returns, the charity has misled the irs and its donors about where the funds actually go. we know $44 million has gone to fund-raising. the charity says it spent $16 million on these kits for veterans. but the california attorney general's office questions the charity's accounting. >> there have been a number of misstatements to the irs and other regulators in order to suggest that the corporation is much more efficient than it in fact is. >> reporter: and it's not the first time the allegations have been made. california congressman henry waxman has been trying to sound the alarm on help hospitalized veterans since 2008. >> as far as i'm concerned, they ought to be put in jail. it's so terrible what they're doing, using the plight of our veterans to make themselves rich and preying upon the good, well-mean
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Nov 11, 2012 9:00pm EST
obama re-elected. not much change. how can we expect the washington machine, many consider fractured if not paralyzed to get things done? the speaker boehner, mr. president, let's get some stuff going here, but how much of the responsibility lies with him? with speaker boehner, do you think? >> people want cooperation on both sides. the issue at hand will be the fiscal cliff and our budgetary situation. the president's put a proposal forward. it's incumbent on the speaker to say, what they would be willing to do and not simply say, it's not our responsibility. i think people expect everyone to live up to their responsibilities. and one thing that is clear as i moved around the country with the president is that they're hungry for that kind of cooperation. i hope that coming out of this election people will come with a renewed sense of cooperation. because it will take that to solve problems. let me just say one other thing, though, you mentioned that not much has changed. actually what is interesting is you have these super pacs spending literally billions of dollars to defeat the pr
CNN
Nov 8, 2012 2:00pm EST
washington, matea gold. welcome. your lead line, money isn't everything. this is a new set of rules, you know, remove the constraint on the outside ads, presume to be huge advantage specifically for republicans. doesn't seem to have worked. why not? >> it really was a fascinating development. as you mentioned, a record $6 billion on this campaign. largely that spending driven by outside groups that were reporting spending $1 billion. that doesn't even include the perhaps hundreds of millions of dollars in expenditures by tax exempt groups that don't have to report the spending and mitt romney largely the beneficiary of the outside spending in the presidential race of three to one at least. but it was not the game changer that many anticipated it would be and a couple reasons for that. one is, while outside groups helped mitt romney on the air, they really only brought him to parity with the number of ads that were being run on his behalf compared to obama because obama as a candidate got a lower ad rate which had to spend more money by the other groups and number of groups running ads on romn
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